It might be hard to tell in the before photo of this cottage crawl space, but the ceiling is starting to slope. The ceilings of crawl spaces are called floor joists, and they are directly responsible for the structural integrity of the floor above them, along with anything else that depends on that floor. While a sloping floor is by no means a good thing, it isn’t a death sentence for your house, either. It’s pretty common for the wood joists in a crawl space to begin to rot due to exposure to moisture and other crawl space conditions. That is exactly why, as foundation experts, we use a permanent solution to stop sloping floors. The added support in the after photo is the SmartJack system. As you can see, the SmartJacks were attached at the top to the wood support beam that holds up the floor joists and secured into the ground with a backfill combination of gravel and concrete. The SmartJacks won’t start to sink or slip away, so neither will the crawl space. SmartJacks are the perfect solution for all sagging crawl spaces.
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Mike contacted us with concern for his mother’s home. Last spring, the basement in the house had flooded terribly after the snow melted, just as it had in previous years. The water didn’t leave any mold, mildew or smell, but it did leave Mike and his mom worried about what would happen in the future.
Together they decided to waterproof her basement to prevent flooding in the future and ensure that it would be dry even in the case of a minor leak. Our system design specialist, Dennis, visited the home to assess the situation and discussed the best plan of action for waterproofing the area. It was decided to install several products that work well together to keep the basement dry at all times.
First, WaterGuard, a specially designed subfloor drainage system was installed. This piping is laid around the perimeter of the room at the bottom of the walls. WaterGuard collects water from any leaks in the walls and reroutes it to the sump pump. Since the piping sits on top of the footing rather than alongside, it won’t get clogged with mud, allowing it to do it’s job at all times.
The WaterGuard system was then connected to a new SuperSump pump. This sump has a sturdy liner with holes to accept water directly from the ground as well as from the WaterGuard system. SuperSump has an airtight lid, too, which prevents any water from evaporating out of the hole in to the basement.
Both WaterGuard and the SuperSump are great choices to keeping your basement dry. By collecting water from the leaks and then pumping it out of the space, Mike’s mom can be confident that a flooded basement is a thing of the past.
Mike S. of Rogers City is not sure where the water is coming from in his basement. The basement flooded really badly after the snow melt in the spring and it has happened in previous years, as well. With this being said, Mike gave us a ring.
To remedy this situation, we installed two of our customer favorites: the WaterGuard French drain system and the SuperSump premier sump pump system. SuperSump is a sump pump specifically designed to keep your basement dry for long periods of time. Capable of pumping 2,220 gallons of water per hour, this sump pump is suitable for heavy water intrusion.
After that was installed, we moved onto the WaterGuard system. WaterGuard rests below the basement floor and above the foundation footing, collecting water that seeps into the basement. Once that water is caught, it is redirected to the sump pump -- the SuperSump, in this case -- to be pumped up and put of the home.
Mike, no need to worry about water with these systems in place.
James R. of Rogers City, MI had water leaking into his basement through the walls and floors and needed a solution to keeping his basement dry.
We decided a great fix to this situation would be to install our patented SuperSump premier sump pump. The SuperSump is a sump pump specifically designed to keep your basement dry for long periods of time. Capable of pumping 2,220 gallons of water per hour, this beast is suitable for heavy water intrusion.
Step aside, water!
Dave C. of Millersburg, MI wanted his crawl space to be clean, dry, and free of cold air -- so we recommended a crawl space encapsulation.
Upon inspection, we determined the best fix for his crawl space would be to install the CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system. CleanSpace is our patented encapsulation system for crawl spaces that is sure to keep cold air, water, dirt, and moisture out of the crawl space. It is a 20 mm thick plastic lining that is also built with anti-microbial properties. These anti-microbial properties ensure that no mold will grow in the crawl space, keeping it as clean as can be.
Dave can rest easy with the CleanSpace encapsulation system from Ayers.
Wayne I. of Millersburg, MI was experiencing the ugly side of his crawl space. It was constantly damp and was putting off a musty, mildewy odor that was traveling up into the home. On top of that, a wet crawl space can cause other problems in the home itself such as sticking doors and windows, Wayne needed a fix -- and fast.
We installed our patented CleanSpace crawl space encapsulation system to give this crawl space a face lift. CleanSpace is a 20mm thick plastic lining that seals off crawl space entirely from the surrounding elements. No dirt, water, cold air, or moisture is able to pass through this thick barrier. And as an added bonus, CleanSpace is developed with anti-microbial properties that prevent mold growth.
It doesn't get any better than this.
Jamie & Ryan H. felt their cabin beginning to sink. The couple knew the problem would only continue to worsen over time. Jamie & Ryan were sitting at home stressing about their cabin floor sinking when they saw an Ayers commercial on TV. Jamie wrote down our phone number and called to schedule a free appointment for an estimate. Upon assessing the couple’s needs, we recommended the installation of five Smart Jacks and a steel supplemental support beam to stabilize their cabin. The Smart Jack is a supplemental support system for crawl space applications. The Smart Jack effectively supports sagging beams and floor joists caused by, a length of span greater than spanning capability, floor load increased after construction, exceeding design values, and weakening over time due to high moisture and rot. We are so thankful for the opportunity to provide a permanent solution to the problem our new friends from Onaway, MI faced. With this strong support solution in place, Jamie & Ryan’s cabin is once again a wonderful place.